The Jessamine County Fire District wants capable men and women who are interested in serving their community.
From the heart-pounding excitement of battling a roaring fire, to the split-second decision-making involved in saving a life at a crash scene, a career in the fire service challenges you on many levels.
The fire service is a highly rewarding career that demands physical fitness and agility, and much, much more. The ability to call on all of your resources allows you to make a difference helping people whose lives and property are in danger. Firefighting is an honorable profession, one that involves selflessness, sacrifice, commitment to the greater good, honor, loyalty, and courage. Do you have these qualities?
A recruit class is scheduled to begin in early 2011. Click here to download an application if you think you have what it takes to be a firefighter and meet the following minimum qualifications:
1. Eighteen (18) years of age or older by application date.
2. High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
3. Valid Kentucky Vehicle Operators License.
4. Driving history to reflect the following;
a. No alcohol related driving convictions within the past five (5) years.
b. No violation convictions within the past five (5) years. Violations generally consist of;
i. Moving violation where six (6) or more points were assessed against the violator
ii. Crime where a vehicle was used in the commission, with the exception of
iii. Violation where a license suspension or revocation was issued.
iv. Violation where incarceration is assessed against the violator.
5. Criminal record to reflect the following;
a. No felony drug, alcohol related or violence related offense convictions.
b. No misdemeanor convictions within the last five (5) years.
6. Drug Free
The following is a basic list of steps involved in the selection procedure. Any applicant who is eliminated by a step will not be eligible to continue to the next step. These steps are not necessarily listed in order;
Requirements of the Jessamine County Fire District Recruit
as outlined in the Jessamine County Fire District Standard Operating Procedures
- The Firefighter Recruit shall represent the Jessamine County Fire District in the most professional manner at all times.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall carry out and follow the Fire Districts; Directives, Code of Conduct, Standard Operating Procedures and Policies as well as all directives, assignments and orders from superior ranking officers.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be responsible for all of their assigned duties in taking care of Fire District property including, but not limited to;
- Clean assigned rooms, buildings, grounds and apparatus.
- Assure apparatus and equipment is kept in response ready state.
- Assure apparatus and equipment is properly maintained.
- Assure all stations, apparatus and equipment are properly prepared for appropriate weather.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall keep and exhibit a positive attitude. Problems shall be addressed by the Training Coordinator, Assistant Chief and/or the Chief per the Code of Conduct adopted by the Fire Board.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be required to attend all recruit training, unless excused by the Training Coordinator.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be responsible for all Jessamine County Fire District property that is issued to them. These items include, but are not limited to all Personal Protective Equipment (helmet, gloves, bunker gear, scba mask, etc.) and any communications equipment (pager, radio, etc).
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be on probation for a period of one (1) year from their start date.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be required to meet the following requirements within their one (1) year probationary period;
- Score a minimum of 70% on the Jessamine County Fire District written midterm exam.
- Pass all skills on the Jessamine County Fire District practical midterm exam.
- Score a minimum of 70% on the Jessamine County Fire District written final exam.
- Pass all skills on the Jessamine County Fire District final practical exam.
- Obtain 150 hour State Certification.
- Strive to obtain 400 hour State Certification.
- Obtain IFSTA Firefighter I certification
- Obtain IFSTA Firefighter II certification
- Obtain First Responder certification
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be required to pass a physical agility test prior to membership.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be required to pass a physical agility test at the end of their probationary period.
- The Firefighter Recruit shall be required to pass a physical agility test annually thereafter, for the duration of their membership.
- Upon completion of the recruit training program the Firefighter Recruit shall be responsible for meeting the training and run attendance requirements set forth by the Fire Board.
- At any point during the Firefighter Recruits career they must obtain any additional certifications deemed necessary by the Fire Chief or Board of Trustees.
Physical Agility Test
The Firefighter Recruit shall have to complete a Physical Agility Test as a step in the application process. The same test is required at the end of the Firefighter Recruits probationary period and then annually for the duration of the Firefighter Recruits membership. The Physical Agility Test shall consist of the following;
One Mile Run: (Set pace cardio exercise). Each candidate shall complete a fifteen (15) minute walk/run at four (4) mph, which is the equivalent to one (1) mile while wearing a thirty (30) pound weighted vest. Once completed the candidate shall step off the treadmill and at this point the time will start.
Hose Bundle Carry: The candidate shall pick up a fifth (50) foot bundle of 1 ¾ inch hose line and carry it down the steps to the apparatus room, touching and holding the hand rail. NO RUNNING, a quick steady pace will be allowed. You shall carry the bundle on your shoulder and do so until the next event.
Firefighter Drag : The candidate shall pick up and drag a ninety-five (95) pound mannequin approximately sixty (60) feet.
Charged Hose Line: The candidate shall pick up a charger hose line and drag it the length of the bay (approximately sixty (60) feet).
Keiser Sled: Given an eight (8) pound sledge hammer, the candidate shall have to drive a weighted wheel the length of the platform.
Ladder Handling: The candidate shall move to a twenty-four (24) foot extension ladder, moving the ladder to a simulated ladder rack.
Hose Hoist: The candidate shall hoist a fifty (50) foot section of three (3) inch hose line to the top rail of the mezzanine. At this point the time will stop.